A loan of $425 helped to purchase additional fabrics and materials.

Rita Faiva's story

Rita Faiva N. is 36 and married with five children. She sells lavalavas (bottom-half wrap-around prints worn by both men and women). Rita has two years of experience in this business.

Rita needs a loan of 1,000 Samoan tala to purchase additional fabrics and materials. She plans to use the earnings from her business (estimated to be 150 talas or about $63 per week) to improve/expand the business.

In 2008, Rita joined SPBD. This is her second loan with SPBD. SPBD's loans are Rita's only access to capital because she was never able to qualify for a loan with traditional banks.

About SPBD
In 2000, Greg Casagrande founded SPBD and since then, it has expanded from the main island of Upolu in Samoa to Savaii, as well as Tonga. SPBD's philosophy of lending is based upon the Grameen Bank lending method. Please join SPBD's lending team on Kiva to receive on-the-spot updates on SPBD. http://www.kiva.org/community/viewTeam?team_id=8375

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